Keep Fit Program For The Brain
"It's official: playing go really does keep your mind sharp. Researchers have just released a comprehensive study [nejm.org] of the benefits of challenging intellectual activity among the elderly and found that exercising the mind through board games, social activities and education offers powerful protection against mental deterioration and disease.
'Those who played board games had a 74 percent lower risk and those who played an instrument had a 69 percent lower risk. Doing crossword puzzles cut the risk by 38 percent,' reported Shankar Vedantam in the June 19 Washington Post. The report found that seniors who regularly engaged in mentally challenging pastimes reduced their chances of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by as much as 75 percent, compared with those who didn't exercise their minds."
Nice. Yesterday the Hindu started a sudoku column. It took me some time to get it right; first, I missed a crucial point of the game and then it took me some time to correct my technique. Solved it finally! :D Today morning, I jumped out of bed thinking that i'd solve today's too but the Friday Review isn't Metro Plus so I'll have to wait till Monday :(. Why can't they publish one everyday?!
More information on sudoku at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudoku